I was lucky enough, last night, to go and see “The Sound Of Music” starring Connie Fisher and Michael Praed at the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff Bay. I went with my best friend Maria and a few of her friends and family, and we had a wonderful evening. The performance was truly stunning – the Mother Abbess’s rendition of ‘Climb Ev’ry Mountain’ gave me shivers!
It was very well cast. Having watched “How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria” on the BBC avidly when it was originally on, I was delighted to have the chance to see Connie Fisher in the lead role. She didn’t disappoint. She really did manage to portray a Maria who might ‘climb a tree and scrape her knee’ and whose ‘dress has got a tear’! She was very believable as a young novice who isn’t quite mature enough at the start of the play for a life in the convent, and later on as a confused young woman who doesn’t quite know what to do with her feelings for Captain Von Trapp.
The children were really good, especially whilst performing the choreographed routines in ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘So Long, Farewell’. Max Detweiler and the Baroness have much more to do in the stage version than in the film, including a coupe of songs.
All in all, the stage version was sufficiently different to the film that I didn’t feel the need to compare the two. All the performances were very good, and the evening passed incredibly quickly. Maria enjoyed it so much that she wants to follow the tour round the country and see more performances! However, we have more musicals to look forward to, as Maria has already bought us tickets to see ‘Les Miserables’ at new year, ‘Chicago’ will be in the Wales Millennium Centre in January, and, of course, there’s the Christmas pantomime to see as well!